Lamington National Park
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
About 110 km or 2 hr drive south of Brisbane. It is well known for its rainforest location, unique and diverse wildlife.
Lamington National Park is made up of two sections: Green Mountains and Binna Burra. Green Mountains section is located on the western side of the Lamington Plateau in an area called O'Reilly.
Lush rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, extensive walking tracks, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty make this Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area an outstanding place to visit.
On the park's many walking tracks you can see subtropical rainforest, ancient Antarctic beech trees, hoop pines, eucalypt forest and montane heath and some of the area's incredible variety of wildlife.
Listen for the whip-cracking call of the eastern whipbird, and see the brilliant red and blue colours of the crimson rosella or the magnificent green and red of the Australian king-parrot. The regent bowerbird, with its brilliant black and gold colouring, is frequently seen foraging around rainforest trees for fruits, insects and spiders. The Albert's lyrebird is often encountered along the rainforest tracks in the cooler months. Listen for the male's extraordinary song, which incorporates imitations of sounds from nature and, sometimes, human activities.
Look out for shiny black land mullets, the largest known skink that is a harmless, thick-set, lizard. You may even be lucky to spy a carpet python basking in the sun.
In the picnic areas, red-necked pademelons are commonly seen early morning and late afternoon foraging on grass. Mountain brushtail possums (bobucks), with their dense black fur, are usually seen in rainforest trees at night.
O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat is a tourist destination in Queensland, Australia, situated in the heart of the Lamington National Park, two hours by road south of Brisbane and 90minutes by road west of the Gold Coast. It is located in the Scenic Rim Region local government area and is part of the Gold Coast hinterland. Access to the mountain resort is via Canungra.
The park's information centre is approximately 935 m above sea level. Other areas of Lamington National Park reach almost 1200 m above sea level. Part of the charm of walking in Lamington National Park is that you never know what you might see. Be observant; use binoculars if you have them; keep group sizes small; and keep noise to a minimum.
National park campers must not feed the wildlife. There is an abundance of natural food for them and it is more suitable. Find out more about the detrimental effects of feeding birds and animals by reading the posters on display in the camping area and at the park's information centre. Ensure all foodstuffs are secured, especially at night.
Snakes tend to be observed more in the warmer spring and summer months. Always take extreme caution and never attempt to pick up any type of reptile. The rule to remember is that snakes have right of way. The two most commonly seen reptiles are carpet pythons and land mullets. Carpet pythons are non-venomous but are capable of giving a painful bite that may get infected unless given appropriate first-aid treatment. Land mullets are often mistaken for snakes because of their shiny black appearance. They are a non-venomous lizard and reputed to be the largest skink in the world.
In the unlikely event of being bitten by a snake, apply a pressure immobilisation bandage, avoid moving the patient and seek medical attention immediately. Note: there have been few reported snakebites in Lamington National Park since 1915 and none have been fatal. It is sensible to carry a first-aid kit and never walk alone.
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